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A SLITHERING SELECTION V ( 

OF THE BEST IN TERROR TALES V -»♦ V 

FROM THE EARLY ISSUES 

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F£AR msmny FACES. . . 

ANP yOU'LI. MEET THEM ALL IN 
THIS COLOSSAL COLLECTIOSJ OF 
THE HZKi 8£ST IM ILLUSTRATED 
TERROR AND SUSPENSE FRQM 
THE F/RS7 S£V£N iSSJcS C- 
m MOMSTROUS MAS CREEPY' 
THRILL TO THE STORIES An:; ' 
ARTWORK THAT FIENDS E\£Ry- 
WHERE KNOW AND i OV'E N "-.S 
COLLECTOR'S EP/T/ON OF THE,,, 

CREEPY '71 ANNUAL 








EDITOR & 
PUBLISHER: 

James Warren 

MAIL ORDER 
DEPARTMErST: 

Anne Ganley 

TRAFFIC 
DEPARTMENT: 

Ruben Malave 

Donate Velez 

Jacinto Soto 

Irma Osorio 

Elizabeth Guadalupe 

Paulette Bailey 

COVER: 

A scene by 
Kenneth Smith 

ARTISTS: 

Neal Adams 

Pat Boyette 

Johnny Craig 

Reed Crandall 

Steve Ditko 

Rocco Mastroserio 

Tom Sutton 

Angelo Torres 

Alex Toth 

WRITERS: 

Johnny Craig 
Archie Goodwin 
Raymond Marais 




1371 ANNUAL 

CONTENTS 

BEASTMAN 

A weird operation threatens to make a monkey out of a carni- A 
val prize fighter! From issue #11 • 

A CURSE OF CLAWS ,, 

A hunter uncovers a curse in cat's clothing ! From issue #16- Ifi 

THE MOUNTAIN 

Seeking revenge, a woman scales the heights of horror ! From t a 
issue #8 10 



6RAVE UNDERTAKING 

Two undei'takers turned grave robbers dig up more than they 

can handle! From issue #5 



CASTLE CARRION 

Share a knight's lodgings in a fortress of fear ! From issue 

#14 



24 
30 



IMAGE IN WAX 

The heated rivalry between two wax works owners erupts ha 
into a fiery climax! From issue #17 MB 

THE RESCUE OF THE MORNING MAID 

The price of beauty is often beastly, but rarely as ugly as At 
this! From issue #18 11 



SKELETON CREW 

Crawling, all-consuming terror ships out on an ocean i 
freighter! From issue #11 I 



CREEPY 1971 ANNUAL, PUBLISHED BY WARREN PUBLISHING CO. PRICE 60c PER COPY. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: 6 ISSUES FOR J3.00 
IN THE U.S.A. ELSEWHERE: $4.00. EDITORIAL OFFICES AT Z2 E. 42ntl STREET, NEW YORK, N.Y, 10017. PRINTED IN U.S A. ENTIRE CON 
TENTS COPYRIGHTED 1970 BY WARREN PUBLISHING CO. NOTHING MAY BE PRINTED IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT WRITTEN 
PERMISSION FROM THE F 




The swell of fear is on her, g-rowing- as the 
night wind makes the trees anp branches 
creak and moan,.." 



''Her head parts first this way, then that., 
starting at every shadow, each rattle of 
dry leaves swept across the ©round..." 




ART BY STEVE DITKO/SCRIPT BY ARCHIE GOODWIN 



..THE PREAM ENDED WITH THE 
THING- KIUIN' THE GIRL, VVALSH,, . 
LIKE A WILD BEAST/ ONLY IT AIN'T 
J-UST A WILD BEAST 




HEY, GOfULLA.' 
TONIG-HT YOU'RE 
GONNA LOSE YOUR 
HIDE,' 




.Oi'iSlo. 



*\00 *.':''* RO" 




SHOULO'VE 
QUIT WHEN I 
WAS 00\WO 
TO... BEFORE 
THE OPERATION 
,.,THE DAY 1 
TOLD WALSH., 



«f^Nf" 



FORGET 
THe NAME, 
THINK OF 
THE TAKE/ 
LOOKIT 
THIS CROWD 

, THE RUBES 
LOV£ TO 
HATE YOU 



'S*'*^*) 




The sounc of the gohg prives ames's tokturec thoughts back to the present... sack to the 
glare op ovekheap lights afjp the pouncing leather,,, harp wilp punches rain im on hl/v\ to be 
isnorep, suuesep off, anp returnep.' r- 




SfAsr ^ 

/tM/yZ/HALF- 

GORILLA^ HALF- 
MAN... ^^/t^T" 
MAN' 




Keluctant to believe he wght lose his 
meal ticket, walsh hap recheckeo amss's ) 
condition with the heart specialist,, 



PHYS/CAUY DKAV,.. SUB- 
CONSCIOUSL/, HE HATES 
BOXINS, TRIES TO ESCAPE 
M WITH ATTACKS INPUCEP 
By HIS OWN MINP,,. 
PSYCHOSOMATIC, BU,J 
HO LESS FATAL ...ONLV B/ 
QUITTIM& CAN HE BE 
CUREP/ 




•Sne. JUNSLE NISHT 
WAS ALIVE WITH 
NOISES...THE SCREECH 
OFAMARAUDINeOWl-, 
THEWOCKIRUGHTER 
OFASTALKIH& 
HyENA...AND THE 
DESPERATE MOANS 
OFAIAANINFftlN... 




ART BY NEAL ADAMS/SCRIPT BY ARCHIE GOODWIN 



STARK EOfiED fORWARPTOTHESTOT 
WHERE THE CAT HAD DISAPPEARED. HE 
WAS AMXIOUSAND EXCITED, BUT KNEW 
TOO WELLTHE DANGEF^ OF PLUNGING 
IMTOTHE BRUSH AFTERA WOUNDED 
AHIAAAU... 




THERE HAD BEEN NO SOUND, NO 
WARNING. SKIPPED WITH CHILL 
HORRDR OF THE UNKNOWN, BRAD 
STARIC'S E/ES WIDENED IN DIS- 
BELIEF AT THE INCREDIBLE VISION 
«ENACIN6Ly POISED BER5REHIW, 




STARK COULD NOT SFEAK. HIS THROAT WAS PARCHED, DRy...BUT HIS 
HANDS WERE MOIST, CLAMmV, AS THEY TI6HTLY ORIPPEP HIS RIFLE- 



DO NOT RAISE >OUR WEAPON! UNLESS YOU CHOOSE 
TO PERISH BEFORE THE FURyOFWSERVANTS. 
RIPPED TO SHREDS BVA WHIRLWIND OF 
claws! I AM UUTH.HISH PRIESTESS OF 
V/\smi,0OPDESS OF CATS.' YOUR ' 
^FATE IS WINE TO DECIDE.. 




SLOWLY, STARK LET 
THE WEAPON SLIP 
FROM HIS FINSERS. 
HECOULD NEVER. 
BESIN TO BRINS IT 
TOPLAYASAINST 
ALLTHE SLEAMIM6- 
EYEP HORDE HE 
FACED. DESPERATELY, 
HIS MIND PROBED 
FOR A COO R5E OF 
ACTI0N,HISFIN6ERS 
BRUSHED A CI6AR- 
ETTE LIGHTER IN- 
SIDE HIS JACKET.. 



YOUR BARBARiry HAS 
COST THE LIFE OF ONE 
WHO SERVED ME WELL 
...WHAT PUNISHMENT 
COULD BE MORE FITTIN6 
■' •■ YOU 

\ ■ TAKE HlSPUte. 



EVEN AS STARK'S LIPS BEMN TO FORM THE WORD "HOW".', LILITH MOVED FORWARD LONG NAILED FINGERS STRETCHED TOWARD HIM, HER 
EVES, GLEAMING AND 610WIN6, ALMOST HyPNQTICALLY..PR0MISIN6 MORE CAUSER THAN ANY JUN61E BEAST YET RADIATING AN IRRE- 
SISTABLE APPEAL. HE COULD SMEILTHE RICHNESS OF HER FLESH,THe FRAGRANCE OF HER LUSH, FLOWING HAIR... HER. LIPS, MIOIST 
AND BRILLIANT PARTED AND LIFTED UPTO HIS... 




EUEW AS THE WORDS WERE UTTERED, LILITH PIED. 
STARKTURNEP AMD FLERTHE HEAT OF HIS SELF- 
Wy^OE INFERNO LICKIWG AT HIS BACK,TH£ PAINED 
ROARS OF THE JUNGLE CATS ECHOING IN HIS 
EARS. 





/ AND IF THAT ENPINS DOESN'T JEHK YOU UP.THEN 

yOliO BETTER inPE ALONS ON UTTLE CAT FEET AND SINK 

YOUR CLAWS INTO WNEJCT HORRENPOUS HOWLER 



HEH, HEH.' SO, PAY FRIENDS OF THE ftBVS5, HERE WE STAND ON THE PRECIPICE 
OF ANOTHER HORRIFYING TftLE FROM OL' UNCLE CREEPY . THIS STORY CONCERNS 
THE EVIL MACHINWIONS OF A WICKED WOMftN WHO TEMPTS FATE, ON ... 




Not very far. below her, at 
the epge of the valley floor, 
the clustee of toeches blazep 
angrily [hme st0rm1n6 winter. 
n16ht. fi?o^a her vantage point 
oh the snow-covered mountain 
road 5he could clearly see 
they were gaining on her. 

She HAP LEFT THE TOWN 
N\ORE THAN THREE HOURS A60, 
WITH NO CHANCE TO PREPARE FOR. 
HER JOURNEY. NOW, HER FEET 
BURNING IN ICY FAIN, HER HANbS 
STIFFENING WITH COLD, SHE 
CURSED THE NARROW- MINDED, 
5ANCT1^AONIOU5 TOWNSPEOPLE 
WHO HOUNDED HER...- 



ART AND SCRIPT BY JAY TAYCEE 



She turned frow the eoad mo BESftN trudging 

UPWftEP. IT WA6. A GA^ABLE, BUT TMEY fA16HT NOT FOLLOW 
HEE . If 5HE KEPT TO THE ROKD, SHE EEfc^ONEP, IN fc 
LITTLE lAORiE THf^N AN HOUR'S. TIIAE THEY VyOULO ':aT(:H 
HER ANVWM.. ANP IF THEY PID THEY Ml&HT KILL HEE 



FfcLUN6 AND STUMBUNG, SHE CLAWBERED DE5PERATELV 
THROUGH THE DRIFTS. SHE KNEW THIS W^6 ONLY A SMALL 
MOUNTAIN AND THAT THERE WAS THE SAFETY OF ANOTHEE 
TOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE WITH A LITTLE LUCK, SHE GOULD 
MAKE IT 




i?A^PlN6, SHE PAUSED TO REST, AND AS HER EVES SCANNED THE 
VALLEY BELOW, SHE SAW THE TRAIL OF TORCHES HEa.DiN6 BACK 
TOWARD THE TOWN. THE TOWNSPEOPLE HAP GIVEN UP THE CHASE. 



BUNCH OF LOUSY DO-GOODERS I I'LL 
TEACH YOU TO RUN WE OUT OF TOWN ' 
I LL GET EVEN IF IT S THE LAST 
THING 1 EVER DO 



For LONG MINUTES SHE REfAAlNED THERE, BUT TO 

STAY THERE MEANT CERTAIN DEATH, SO SHE ONCE 

AGAIN BEGAN THE UPWARD CLI^AB. TIME LAPSED 

INTO AN UNREAL DIMENSION. MECHANICALLY, 

SHE CLAWED HER WAY UP UNTIL DUMBLY, SHE 

WAS AWARE OF THE CABIN JUST AHEAD... 




From the depths of a nightwarish dueaw, 5he woke 

SUDDENLV TO THE REftLlTV OF HER SURROUNDINGS, ft 
YOUNG, HftNDSOME MAN HOVERED OVER HER.... 



DOM'T BE AFEMD 
MY NA^AE 15 LUKE 

HOW po you 

FEEL? 



WAR,^A ME ? ARE -iOU 

KIDDlMSrrriAT FIR.EPLACE 
FEELS LIKE A BLAST 
FUE.MACE' VOU YOU 
LIVE HERE ALL ALONE ^ 




__ OF COURSE ! YOU GET THE ^^AYOR TO COWE 

we HERE AND I CM MAKE HIW DO AKVTHING 

MAfOHIf YOU want! I'D GO MY5ELF, BUT YOU CAN 

SEE I DON'T HAVE ANY CLOTHES! 

/» fUEBZel 



YEAH, BUT... 
THE AAAYOR... 
I DON'T KNOW 




m ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU. THEY'LL 

NEUER EXPECT YOU TO SO BACK. 

THERE . A^4D VOU WON'T HAVE 

TO BE AFRAID OVAUYTHmO... 

WITH THIS.' 

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Late the following nisht, after a cold and bitter journey 
down fro^a the mountain, she huddled in the shadows until 

THE NAAYOR'S car TURNED SLOWLY INTO THE DRIVEWAY AND CAME 
TO A STOP, THEN... 

BE QUIET, you PURITANICAL OLD FOOL! IF 
yOUr.'^OU BRCXEN VDU WANT TO LIVE, TURN THIS CAR AROUND 
HUSSEY; how ^ AND DRIVE EXACTLY WHERE IS' 



Fearfully, the mayor dip as he was told. 

the car crept silently from the town, 
across we valley and up the mountain 
road until, with wheels spinning and 
motor whining, it stalled in the drifts, 
from there, they continued on wot... 




LaBOEIOUSLV, they climbed THE REMAININS DISTANCE 
AND STUMBLED HEAVILY INTO THE CABIN... 



PLEASE... REST. 

LET ME REST... 



r PROMISE YOU, YOUR 
WEARINESS SHALL 
NEVEEMGEE CONCERN 
YOU.' 







GEE, LUKE, THAT'S GftEAT/ WE'VE SOT IT 
MADE I NOW WE CA^4 LWE EIGHT IN THE 
MAYOR'S HOUSE,' WE'LL GET ANYTHING 
WE WANT I WE'LL RUN THE WHOLE TOWN ' 




WHA. 
STUPID ?.' 
WMY. 



STUPID. I SAYJ BUND AND 6TUPID.'- 
DO you THINK I WANT TO POSSESS TH(S 
EMPTY SHELL OF A MAN SO I CAN LIVE 
IN HIS HOUSE r DO YOU THINK I CARE 
ABOUT POLITICS OR. WEALTH 0(^ 
EVEN FAME ? 




HEY... WHAT'S 
WRONG ■=■ YOU 

YOU RE 
PIFFE^ENT 



YOU THOUGHT TO USE ME AS A 
TOOL TO 6WN YOUR. REVENGE, 

BUT YOU W\ISJUDGED ME I I 
DON T CARE A FIG FOR. YOU OR 
yOUE REVENGE ' IT WAS / 
WHO /^ADE USE OF fOU / / 



FOOLISH GIRL .' THE ONLY WAV I COULD 
EVER LEAVE THIS CABIN WAS TO HAVE 
SOMEONE WHOSE BODY I COULD ENTER, 
WHOSE MIND I COULD CONTROL.. 
AND YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME 
THAT SOhAEONE 



5T0P.' 
(SET AWAYJ 
GET AWAY 
■ OE I'LL 
^HOOT ' 





HA! HA HA HA I 

BULLETS CAN'T 
HURT ME , WOMAN 

YOU CANT STOP 
ME, AND WHEN I 
FINISH WITH VOU, 



nCAiE! fTOP! 



ItAVeMeAlONE.' 
. , OO/VT... 




Cow\& novJ 
to Merry 
Olde Englanoi, 
li's ttie /eat" 
1820. J^e 
medica 
professiov] is 
yn&king great 
stcides -Forwaird.. 
In -l^ct, it IS about to overUke 
"two^etrtiemen involveci in a... 




ART BY ALEX TOTH/SCRIPT BY ARCHIE GOODWIN 



THE MEPICAL SCHOOI- IS IM PIRE AND COIi- 
STANT NEEP FOR CAPAYERS IN OUR RESEARCH 
.. WE'RE PREPARED 



HOW CAN WE PRO- 

VIPE you? THERE 

AIN'T BUSINESS TO 

PROVIPE. 

US.' 




cool WHAT A 
HEAVy ONE.' (puff) 
POCTORS'LU BE 
SUSPICIOUS IF 

WE'VE 6RABBEP 

ONE. THAT'S 

TOO fZIPE., 
MR. 

THWACKUM .' 




Ciicouraged 
tiy success, 

*-cJstieo( head- 
long into -the 

business .., 
And whei^ 
nature was 
slow to 
pi'Oduce 
the 'goods'... 



DRINK UP, M' FELtOW, PRINK Up/ ABAWPONEP yOUR HOME 

VILLASE, HAVE yoU? 



INNK££P' 




Tde next day... 



weVe mape 
too much haste, 
mr, peach.' it'5 
still daylisht'' 



B- BUT LOOK/ WiMPOWS.. POORS... 
BOLTEPAklP SHUTTEf?EP TISHT ' 
TXey'RE AFRAIP TO CCMB OUT, 
MR. THWACKUM ' 



Ife^' K EL^ i..- - 



AND THE SRAVEYARP.' 
UNWATCHEP ANP 
UNPROTECTEP ' 



V ■*. 



STILL U&n/ AS YOU SAIP-.-TWEY'RE. 


■«i 


POYOU THINK AFRAIPTO COME OUT' 




SOMEONE IT'S A HELP PAY, 




FROM THE MR. PEACH... A 




VILLASE. f/aP CWf! 




AllSHT... 




..cJ&ybAs^ 


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■ftf-ife' 



THIS IS THE 
LAST THAT CAU 
FIT,' A VAN 
FULL AT lO 
POUNPS A 
HEAP, MR. 
THWACKUM ' 



A FINE PAY'S WORK, MR, PEACH,' 



HE'LL EMPr/ 

RYPER'S PURSE 

WITH THIS LOT.' 

5HOULP KEEP 

HIM ANP MEPICAL 

SCIENCE BUS/ 

fOR SOME 

TIME.' 



SPECIMEMS SALORE 
FOR YOU TOmSHT, 

pr. rvper.' a 

whole van 

full! 





NOW, A FEAESOWE FBOUC INTO THE PARK ASES FOR SOME PARK POINSS-.- HOPE ALL YOU 
HySTERlCAU HISTORIANS WILL EKJOV THE KEEKiKe RESERVATIONS I'VE PREPARE!? FOR 



For lons- »owents only 
the rain answered eric's 
efforts, then he felt a 
warrior's discomfort of 
a strange oa7e upon him, 
and a pry rattle of a 
voice knifed effortlessly 
to him through the down 

POUR, 




ART BY REED CRANDALL SCRIPT BY ARCHIE GOODWIN 



Eric whirled, only to feel himself 
restrained by a chill touch/ as 
thou&h a hand of ice gripped his 
shoulder , 

/yO^/3'NONE 




MY BLADE IS RAISED I I CAME TO HIM, FATHER,' 



TO ANY OBSCENITY 
SUCH AS THAT YOU 
CALL SERVANT,' AS 
FOR THE LADY. 



YOU SURROUND ME WITH 
LOM& DEAD HORRORS 
ANIMATED BY YOUR MAOIC, 
AND EXPECT ME NOT TO 
RUSH ro THE FIRST BREATH 
OF LIFE VISITED ON THIS 
i OF DECAY? I-- 




' NO ONE SHOULD BE HELD 
IN THIS FOUL BED OF 
SORCERY AS HE DOES HIS 
; OWN DAU&HTER,' &IVEN TIME 
. AND CHANCE, X MAY FREE HER 
, OF THIS CARRION HOUSE/ 



AWAY WITH YOUR ) 
WEAPOM, ERIC OF \ 
URIEN, AND L'LL > 
ATTEND YOU. THERE'S , 


BE WARNED, MA&ICIAN,' 
MY SWORD IS SHEATHED 
BUT QUICK TO HAND.,, 
X'VE LITTLE STOMACH 
FOR THE CREATIONS OF 
YOUR DARK POWERS/ 


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THINK I COULDN'T &UESS YOUR ThOUTHTS 
...SUSPECT YOU'D HOPE TO CARRY AWAY 
BLAINE? SHE'S TOO FOOLISH TO APPRECI 
ATE WHAT I'VE GIVEN HER, AND YOU ILP/E 
FOR HOPING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT 




MY LADV-' IF you WOULD 
ESCAPE THIS HOUSE OF 
WALKING- DEAD, DECIDE 
NOW.' WE MUST MOVE 
auiCKLY/ 



THERE IS LITTLE TO 

DECIDE,' LON& YEARS 

HAVE X YEARNED TO 

BE FREE OF MY FATHER'S 

HOLD, TO ABANDON THE 

CASTLE AND ITS CARRION 

ATMOSPHERE 




Eric slammed home the bolt on the door al 
ready there were sounds on the stairs 



PRAY IT HOLDS LON& 
ENOU&H TO SERVE OUR V\l 
NEEDS, WHAT LINEN YOU 
HAVE MUST BE CUT 
NTO STR PS 




With feverish fing-ers, eric and elaine bent to A sickenino sound of splinterin& wood 



THEIR task driven BY THE BRUTE ASSAULT OF 
BONY FISTS AND BODIES ON THE EVER WEAKEN 
IN& DOOR 



SPL T THROUGH THE TOWER ROOM 




ASSAILEP By THE FULL FURY OF WIND AND RAIN, 
THEY INCHED DOWN THE FRA&ILE ESCAPE LINE... 
FROM THE WINDOW ABOVE, ERIC HEARD A 
VOICE, SHATTERIN& WITH MENACE THROU&H 
THE 5TORM . . 




■PESPEBATELY ERIC LOOSENED HIS GRIP, 
SLID1N& FASTER AND FASTER TOWARD THE 
STONE FLOOR OF THE BATTLEMENT,,.8UT 
NOT NEARLY FAST ENOU&H TO ESCAPE THE 
PLANNIN& FURY OF WINOED EVIL.' 



A HAZY NUMBNESS &RIPPED ERIC.HiS EFFORT 
HAD BROU&HT THEM NEAR ENOU&H TO THE BATTLE- 
MENT TO SURVIVE THE FALL, NOW HE FUMBLED FOR 
HIS SWORD, AND TRIED TO MAKE HIMSELF RISE... 




A BLURRED TERRIBLE FORM HURTLED AT HIM, EVER 
LAEOER AND CLOSER,., HIS LE&S TREMBLED, NAUSEA 
SWEPT THROUGH HIAA,,.IT WAS ALL HE COULD DO TO 
GRIP THE SWORD «/ITH BOTH HANDS AND RAISE IT IN 
FRONT OF HIM , 



,,, AND AGAIN HE WITNESSED A TERRIBLE 
TRANSFORMATION,., 



^^AVVIV^yKK 



HE CAME TOO C LOSE ,, ,TOO FAST, . .TO 
TURN ASIDE,,, HIS VERY OWN BLOOD- 
LUST DROVE HIM TO IMPALE HIMSELF' 




yOUR FATHER'S POWER IS 
BROKEN, ELAINE, HIS MA&IC 
NO LONGER HOLDS CLAIM, 
YOU'RE FREE, ELAINE, NOW 
YOU'RE - - ELAINEIU 




The WILDERNESS OF THE STORM HAD LAPSED INTO A SLOW STEADY RAIN 
GRADUALLY WASHINO AWAY THE MOST PERFECT OF MA&NUS THE MAGICIAN'S 
ART, . , THE LONO DEAD DAUGHTER HE'D CREATED A FORTRESS OF FEAR 
TO PROTECT, 





LOOKS LIKE ERIC'S 
POTENTIAL ROMANCE 
HAS JUST DISSOLVED 
AWAY,,, OH, WELL, 
ELAINE iVMGHT HAVE 
BEEN A GOOD KID, 
BUT FRANKLY, Z 
THINK HER FATHER 
WAS FOR THE BIRDS,' 




Step right up, fear fanciers, and gbt on line for your terror tickets 

INTO the macabre MUSEUM OF CLAUDE RENAIS/ WHERE EACH AND EVERY 
FEAR- INSPIRIN& EXHIBIT IS A TERRIFVING-. . . 



_ HOW CAN you 

^00 IT, RENAIS?IVE 
WORKED FOR YEARS 
IN rtAY OWN /VIUSEUM 
AND NEVER ACHIEVED SUCH 
AfAl/SM/ THBSe GROTES- 
QUES, THESE MONSTROUS- 
ITIES...«0»VDO 

, you DO IT?/ ' 



MV AAETHODS 
ARE MV OWN , 
MONSIEUR VIGO. 
I DO NOT DISCUSS 
THEM, NOW IF yOli' 
EXCUSE /¥\E, I HAVE 
MANY VISITORS 
TO ATTEND TO/ 




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IHE OWNER OF THE POPULAR PARIS MUSEUM TURWS AND STRIDES STIF=FLy AWAY FROM &ERARD VIGO 
1'S^^.ffi^'^ COMPETITOR, SMARTING FROM THE CURT DISMISSAL, VIGO cST ONLYMOVE aS^OPILV 
AMONG THE LOOMING EXHIBITS, STARING NOW AT THE BESTIAL FURy OF A WEREWOLF, NOW THE GHOUL'S 
PRESSIoriSlD^R&ENTOEKT GRo'wi'*'^ GLOWER OFA SORCERER ... AMD WITH EACH VIEWING HIS DE- 






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ART BY TOM SUTTON/SCRIPT BY ARCHIE GOODWIN 




LOOK AT THEM.' CROWD[N& LIKE 
CATTLE... I WAS IN BUSINESS BEFORE 
HIM, IT SHOULD 8E MY PLACE THEV'RE 
AT/ AND IT STILL CO£/i.O, IF ONLY 
f?ENAIS WOULD SIVE ME SOME HINT, 
SOME CLUE.. 




Vl&O ELBOWS HIS WAV TO CLAUDE RENAIS, 
PUSHING- CLOSE TO THE ALOOF, IMPASSIVE 
FORM, PLEADING DESPERATELY TO &A1N 
THE ATTENTION OF THOSE UNBLINKING, 
DISTANT EYES... 



I CAN TELL 
YOU NOTHING, 

MONSIEUR VI&O. 
MUSEUM IS UNIOUE 
you CANNOT DU- 



RENAIS, I'M 

PeSPmATC! YOU'VE 

GOT TO HELP ME,,. 

I'LL GIVE EVERY 

FRANC I'VE GOT 

TO LEARN 




Suddenly vigo is talking to the back of 

RENAIS'S coat AS THE MUSEUM OWNER MOVES 
AWAY IN HIS RIGID, UNBENDING WALK,,. 



The cold monotonous voice leaves gerard vi&o 
shaking with rage, a violent urge welling 
within him... 





H(lTH THE LAST LAMP DARK, HIS FOOTSTEPS 
ECHO ACROSS THE EMPTY MUSEUM AS HE &OES 

THROU&H THE DOOR TO THE WORK ROOM IN 
BACK OF THE MAIN SALLERy... 



LEAVIN& THE MISSHAPEN MONSTER FORMS 
ALONE IN THE SHADOWED DARKNESS, SILENT 
AND FORBODIUe... 




OwcKlf ANP QUIETLY GERARD VIGO EASES 
OUT OF HIS HIDING PLACE THROUGH 
GROTESQUE SHAJPOWS CAST BY THE GRUE- 
SOME IMAGES, TO THE NEAREST WALL LAMR.. 

F/Re WILL DO IT,' ONE 

ROARING FIRE AND RENAIS'S 
MONSTERS WILL NO LONGER 

: COMPETinON FOR ME.' FIRST, 
IVE GOT TO MAKE CERTAIN 
THEIR CREATOR CANTSWE THEM] 



Removing the lamp from its fixture, vieo inches 

OPEN THE DOOR TO THE WORKROOW... 




The flawes suddenly wreath the ADVANcme fi&ure, feeding on the very flesh and clothing 

OF CLAUDE RENAIS, THEIR ALL CONSUMING HEAT WORKING A 5TRAN&E AND TERRIBLE TRANSFORMATION,-. 





1 HE F0LL0W1N& MORNINe, THE USUAL CROWD 
OF EARUV SISHTSEERS AND TOURISTS SATH- 
ERS BEFORE THE DOORS, ONLY TO FACE A 
DISAPPOINTIK& NOTICE... 



/ET; as promised, the DISAPPOlMTtf^ENT IS ONLY TEMPORARY, 
AND WITHIN A FEW DAYS... 




/ YES, INDEED, &HOUUSH GLANCERS, IW AFRAID THE WHOLg 
/ AFFAIR HAS TURNED MONSIEUR VieC5 INTO A BIT OF A STIFF... OF 

COURSE IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR HIIW TO CH AN&E , , . JUST WAIT UNTIL 
I THE FIRST REALLY HOT Of^l HEE, HEE, HEE.' 




He was a creature of darkness -nature hap 
rendered him unable to mingle with other 
men by the full light of day - le6t they run 
from him in abject terror/ 



Every night he ewer^ed from hi© hiding place - 
roaming with eerie stealth on the rooftops of 
the condemned and deegrted buildings.' 




Script by Raymond Marais/art by Rocco Mastroserio 



Emma! she's the mo6t 
beautiful thing i 
seen in all my life 




So LONG HAD HE MINGLED VJITH THE GLOOM OF 
THE RAT-INFESTED SLUM THAT HE KNEW HIS WAY 
IN SPITE OF THE DARKNE56... 




^F I REMEMBER NOW ! \]^^^^^BI 

■ YOU -YOU'VE IMPRiBONED ^^^^HH 

■ ME-mTHIS CHILD'S BOPY- ^^^H^H 

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THERE.. 




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THE VENTILATION SYSTEAA.' 

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